Bianchi Says It Will Shift to Mostly E-Bikes; Debuts ‘Gravity Cast’ E-Omnia…

Bianchi Says It Will Shift to Mostly E-Bikes; Debuts ‘Gravity Cast’ E-Omnia for US Market

Moving toward a ‘new vision’ is a bold statement for any brand, let alone the oldest bicycle manufacturer in the world.

Now 133 years old, Bianchi was around even before pneumatic tires. The brand also produced motorcycles for decades — even cars under the Autobianchi marque, which was a joint venture between Bianchi, Pirelli, and Fiat.

When you consider the brand’s history with motorized vehicles in addition to bicycles, maybe Bianchi’s new vision isn’t so radical after all. While Bianchi’s new CEO, Pat Hus, asserted the brand will never abandon road racing, the company now will embrace a fundamental philosophy shift, focused on e-bikes.

Bianchi e-Omnia Bikes

Specifically, Bianchi is concentrating efforts on what it calls Bianchi lif-e (pronounced ‘lifey’). Currently, the Bianchi product line is about 90% road and 10% e-bike. But in the future, it expects those numbers to swing to 60% e-bike and 40% road.

And while bikes like the futuristic, 13,200 e-SUV provided inspiration for the new line, Hus says that’s not where Bianchi is going.

Instead, the FOCUS is on sustainable mobility. Bianchi wants to build e-bikes that get people moving, with more approachable price tags, with Smart designs and features that make life on a bike more enjoyable and practical.

That’s what the new e-Omnia line is all about.

Bianchi e-Omnia Design: Frame

Those design goals are apparent in the e-Omnia frames. Starting with a Gravity Cast alloy frame, Bianchi points out that this manufacturing technique isn’t the best for creating ultralight frames. But it is great for creating full-featured e-bike frames where grams aren’t as much of a concern.

The cast frames allow Bianchi to build complex frame parts, like the head tube that includes an integrated headlight, while also creating an intriguing design. The individual frame pieces are still welded together, but the individually cast pieces give the bike a distinct, uniform appearance without resorting to carbon.

Many of the e-Omnia models also include integrated rear racks that are welded as part of the frame. That makes them lighter, stronger, and impervious to rattling or coming loose.

Accessories and Battery Life

Bianchi states that it also partnered with Atran Velo to create a line of accessories for the e-Omnia line. It includes bags and child seats. Additionally, the bikes have locking batteries with Abus lock cores and keys, plus additional Abus aftermarket locks that can be added (and keyed alike) for accessories.

And those integrated lights? Those aren’t just for looks. Not only do they provide 360 degrees of visibility, but the rear light is said to be visible up to 500 m (1,640 feet) and the front to 100 m (328 feet).

What if the e-bike battery dies? Bianchi thought of that too — the lights will continue to function for 2 hours after the pedal-assist stops working due to a depleted battery.

When it comes to powering these e-bikes, Bianchi gets an assist from Bosch. All models feature a stout 85Nm of torque from the 250w Line CX motors, and a hidden 599w or 625w Powertube battery (plus select models with a double battery option).

What’s Coming to the US?

Bianchi first unveiled the e-Omnia line in Europe since, well, e-bikes are still more accepted over there. Because of that, the U.S. will see a smaller selection of the e-Omnia range.

Those models will include the C-Type (5,700), T-Type (6,000), and FX-Type (7,500). Also, while European models will have the optional Blubrake electronic ABS system, the U.S. models will not. Don’t feel too bad, though — we get faster Class 3 e-bikes with an assisted top speed of 28 mph (on-road models).

Even though e-Omnia is just a small portion of the current Bianchi e-bike lineup, we’re told that a ton more will be coming down the road: “This is the beginning of a shift for Bianchi.” Just don’t expect Celeste to go anywhere.

Get all the nitty-gritty details of Bianchi’s e-Omnia line over at Bikerumor.

Bianchi Says It Will Shift to Mostly E-Bikes; Debuts ‘Gravity Cast’ E-Omnia for US Market

Moving toward a ‘new vision’ is a bold statement for any brand, let alone the oldest bicycle manufacturer in the world.

Now 133 years old, Bianchi was around even before pneumatic tires. The brand also produced motorcycles for decades — even cars under the Autobianchi marque, which was a joint venture between Bianchi, Pirelli, and Fiat.

When you consider the brand’s history with motorized vehicles in addition to bicycles, maybe Bianchi’s new vision isn’t so radical after all. While Bianchi’s new CEO, Pat Hus, asserted the brand will never abandon road racing, the company now will embrace a fundamental philosophy shift, focused on e-bikes.

Bianchi e-Omnia Bikes

Specifically, Bianchi is concentrating efforts on what it calls Bianchi lif-e (pronounced ‘lifey’). Currently, the Bianchi product line is about 90% road and 10% e-bike. But in the future, it expects those numbers to swing to 60% e-bike and 40% road.

And while bikes like the futuristic, 13,200 e-SUV provided inspiration for the new line, Hus says that’s not where Bianchi is going.

Instead, the FOCUS is on sustainable mobility. Bianchi wants to build e-bikes that get people moving, with more approachable price tags, with Smart designs and features that make life on a bike more enjoyable and practical.

That’s what the new e-Omnia line is all about.

Bianchi e-Omnia Design: Frame

Those design goals are apparent in the e-Omnia frames. Starting with a Gravity Cast alloy frame, Bianchi points out that this manufacturing technique isn’t the best for creating ultralight frames. But it is great for creating full-featured e-bike frames where grams aren’t as much of a concern.

The cast frames allow Bianchi to build complex frame parts, like the head tube that includes an integrated headlight, while also creating an intriguing design. The individual frame pieces are still welded together, but the individually cast pieces give the bike a distinct, uniform appearance without resorting to carbon.

Many of the e-Omnia models also include integrated rear racks that are welded as part of the frame. That makes them lighter, stronger, and impervious to rattling or coming loose.

Accessories and Battery Life

Bianchi states that it also partnered with Atran Velo to create a line of accessories for the e-Omnia line. It includes bags and child seats. Additionally, the bikes have locking batteries with Abus lock cores and keys, plus additional Abus aftermarket locks that can be added (and keyed alike) for accessories.

And those integrated lights? Those aren’t just for looks. Not only do they provide 360 degrees of visibility, but the rear light is said to be visible up to 500 m (1,640 feet) and the front to 100 m (328 feet).

What if the e-bike battery dies? Bianchi thought of that too — the lights will continue to function for 2 hours after the pedal-assist stops working due to a depleted battery.

bianchi, says, shift, mostly

When it comes to powering these e-bikes, Bianchi gets an assist from Bosch. All models feature a stout 85Nm of torque from the 250w Line CX motors, and a hidden 599w or 625w Powertube battery (plus select models with a double battery option).

What’s Coming to the US?

Bianchi first unveiled the e-Omnia line in Europe since, well, e-bikes are still more accepted over there. Because of that, the U.S. will see a smaller selection of the e-Omnia range.

Those models will include the C-Type (5,700), T-Type (6,000), and FX-Type (7,500). Also, while European models will have the optional Blubrake electronic ABS system, the U.S. models will not. Don’t feel too bad, though — we get faster Class 3 e-bikes with an assisted top speed of 28 mph (on-road models).

Even though e-Omnia is just a small portion of the current Bianchi e-bike lineup, we’re told that a ton more will be coming down the road: “This is the beginning of a shift for Bianchi.” Just don’t expect Celeste to go anywhere.

Get all the nitty-gritty details of Bianchi’s e-Omnia line over at Bikerumor.

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A Ride Beyond Belief

A 40-year obsession with creating the world’s best riding mountain bikes takes a bionic leap forward. The all-new Levo sets the standard for full-power ride quality with stable, natural trail manners born from an integrated development approach.

bianchi, says, shift, mostly

Our Turbo Full Power 2.2 motor, and the MasterMind Turbo Control Unit (TCU) that controls it, provides Levo with a smooth and seamless amplification of your efforts. The optimized chassis boasts 150mm of custom-tuned rear suspension and adjustable geometry that delivers a ride like no other. Because at the end of the day, it’s the ride that matters. Believe it.

Mixed Wheels, Nimble Ride

Levo is the liveliest, most responsive full-power e-MTB ever—it carves circles around everything else. A key to making Levo so nimble is its dedicated mixed-wheel size design. The smaller 27.5” wheel in the back enables short chainstays to deliver a more playful ride, while the 29” front wheel rolls right over everything that dares get in its way.

The Geometry of Control

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Benchmark trail geometry delivers category-leading control and capability. Levo’s generous cockpit centers you on the bike, optimizing traction and corner control. A slack head tube angle and reduced fork offset keep things stable in the rough.

Personalized Handling

Because trails can be anything from mellow to mental, Levo’s adjustable geometry can be fine-tuned for wherever, and however, you ride. Head tube angle can be adjusted between 63 and 65.5 degrees, while bottom bracket height can be quickly, and easily, moved up or down by 7mm to hone handling manners from stable to nimble

160mm of front suspension, and 150mm of rear travel, are dialed for anything. It’s supple on small bumps, devours square-edged hits without a twitch, and eats massive G-outs for breakfast.

Leverage Rate

Levo’s analog sibling, the Stumpjumper EVO, won Pinkbike’s Mountain Bike of the Year award. We borrowed the Stumpy EVO’s progressive leverage rate, but tailored it to match the Levo’s travel, torque, and power. The result is suspension performance that delivers small bump sensitivity, provides mid-stroke support, and offers compliant, but controlled, full travel when stomping the big hits.

Levo’s axle path moves rearward in the first third of travel, allowing the wheel to “swing” back with the bump force, decreasing hang-up and thereby helping to carry speed. As the bike moves deeper into its travel, the forward axle path disconnects chain forces from pedaling forces, allowing the suspension to independently compress in response to trail inputs, yielding stellar big hit performance.

The Power To Bend Space And Time

Levo delivers an unmatched combination of usable power and refined delivery, with 565 watts of peak power and 90 Nm of torque. This is the most powerful bike in its class. The power is obvious when you find yourself easily out-climbing everybody else. But what’s even more important is how Levo enables you to harness that power. Levo’s controller delivers its torque so smoothly that you find traction in loose, steep terrain where other bikes spin out. You can sit and spin a high cadence for optimal power and efficiency where other, less refined bikes demand you stand and mash the pedals (and your knees). Levo delivers power like a natural extension of yourself, and the ability to smoothly, seamlessly control the delivery of all this power is a cornerstone of what makes this bike so great. This is what we mean by “usable power.”

The Power of Trust

Levo’s exclusive Turbo Full Power 2.2 motor delivers power you can trust to take you deep into the wild and back, ride after ride.

  • Custom-tuned motor for optimal power and torque
  • Robust belt for long-term and reliable power delivery
  • MasterMind TCU firmware optimizes efficiency and power output across the ride
  • New hatch and double seals at charge port boost weather resistance

MasterMind TCU

The MasterMind TCU is the brain of the bike. Displaying all relevant info about your ride, it allows real-time tuning of support levels, enables over-the-air updates so that your bike gets better over time, and seamlessly integrates with the Mission Control app for advanced tuning, on-trail diagnostics, and more.

  • Over-the-air updates ensure Levo gets better over time
  • MasterMind TCU displays remaining charge as an easy-to-read percentage
  • MicroTune allows on-the-fly adjustment of assistance levels in 10% increments
  • Personalization of display arrangement and 120 possible configurations
  • “Live Consumption” teaches you to pedal more efficiently to maximize range
  • Heart rate and Rider Power Value to take your training to the next level
  • Trail-tough Gorilla Glass display
  • Integrated precision elevation tracking

Ride Anywhere Range

Levo shatters limitations when it comes to range, amplifying your effort for up to five hours of trail time. Now you can ride farther, and explore more, than ever before. And Smart Control ensures that you won’t run out of juice. It enables you to input the duration or distance of your ride and then manages support level to complete it with available battery charge.

Find Your S-Size

Determining your S-Size is easy. If you rode a Medium before, then S3 will be your equivalent size. But… if you want a more flickable ride, you’d drop down to an S2. Want a bike that’s more stable at speed? Bump up to an S4. The following are examples of three riders, all 5’8” (1.73m), who chose three different sizes.

S-Sizing is based on what matters—rider size and style, not inseam. Six sizes, all with similar head tube lengths and standover, allow you to choose the size that best suits your individual style. Smaller S-Size numbers are going to be nimble, with their shorter reach and front-center measurement, while larger S-Sizes deliver more stability and a roomier ride.

FRAMESET
Frame FACT 11m full carbon, 29″ front wheel, 27.5″ rear wheel, full internal cable routing, 148mm spacing, fully sealed cartridge bearings, 150mm of travel, geo adjust head tube, geo adjust horst pivot
Fork FOX FLOAT 38 Factory 29, Grip2 damper, 44mm offset, HSC, LSC, HSR, LSR, 110x15mm, 1.5″ tapere d steerer, 160mm travel, Kashima
Rear shock FOX FLOAT X2 Factory, LSC, LSR, 2-position lever, 55x210mm, Kashima
DRIVETRAIN
Shift levers SRAM Eagle AXS Rocker Paddle
Rear derailleur SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
Cassete Sram XG-1299, 12-Speed, 10-52t
Chain SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12-speed
Crank set Praxis Carbon M30, custom offset, 160mm
BRAKES
Brakes Magura MT7 with custom Loic lever blade, 203mm rotor
WHEELS TIRES
Tires Butcher, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON T9 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 29×2.6″ Eliminator, GRID TRAIL casing, GRIPTON T7 compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5×2.6″
HANDLEBAR SADDLE
Handlebar Specialized Trail, FACT Carbon, 6-degree upsweep, 8-degree backsweep, 27mm rise, 780mm, 35mm
Stem Deity Coppe rhead, 35.0mm
Grips Deity, Knuckleduster, Black
Saddle Bridge, 155/143mm, Hollow Ti-rails
Seatpost RockShox Reverb AXS, 30.9, 1X remote, (S1:100mm, S2: 125mm, S3: 150mm, S4-S6: 170mm)
E-BIKE
Motor Specialized Turbo Full Power System 2.2 Motor
Battery Specialized M3-700, Integrated battery, 700Wh
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When does it Make Sense to Buy the Cheapest Electric Bike?

When considering purchasing an e-bike, it is understandable to want to stay on the more affordable and cheaper end, rather than shell out thousands for one. However, there are certain components – for both safety and efficiency – that should be considered before choosing a cheaper option. This article will address some components to look out for before making your final decision!

Should you buy the cheapest electric bike? Buying a cheaper e-bike model makes sense if you are an occasional e-bike rider, do not plan to cover long distances and rough terrain on your e-bike. You should also not compromise on safety, efficiency, and longevity features that will make sense for how you intend to use your e-bike.

Here is a summary table with several affordable e-bike model options, which yet still offer a good price-to-quality ratio:

Things to consider about cheaper e-bikes

Before deciding which e-bike to go for, or which price range is within your best interests, it’s important to consider a few things first.

Differences in e-bike components

One undeniable factor is that the higher quality batteries, electric drive systems, and e-bike components, the higher the price will likely be. Since the battery and drive system is crucial to your e-bike’s usability and safety, this is something you don’t want to sacrifice when it comes to price and quality.

It is also important to have high-quality brakes and wheels/tires because these are also crucial to your balance and the ability to stop and go effectively, which tie directly into your safety while maneuvering your e-Bike.

Some e-biking experts have even offered some general ranges for certain e-bike components. For example, a low-quality grade wheel can start at 4 each, a mid-grade at 12, and a higher grade at 40. Cheap brakes can be as low as 80 cents per wheel, mid-level 9, and high quality 25. For crank and pedals, at the low-end, this can be around 3, middle at 14, and high at 40.

For motors, cheap off-brands can be as low as 15-20, a trusted Bafang is around 100, and the higher-end Panasonic is around 150 – 200. For saddles and seat posts, this can range anywhere from 1.50 – 30. Chains can range from 30 cents to 10, and bottom brackets from 50 cents to 19. Lastly, for a headset and fork, the cheaper set is around 6, medium at 12, and high grade at 35.

Differences in e-bike motor and battery weight and efficiency

Another thing to keep in mind is that lower-end e-Bikes tend to have heavier and less efficient batteries that tend to be on the lower end of the mileage range.

Cheaper e-Bikes may also have a lower quality motor, which often means there is less power-on-demand, resulting in a poorer acceleration in comparison to a more expensive one. Typically, a motor and battery that have a higher price mean that they are better quality and that your e-bike’s longevity will be greater.

E-bike motors and batteries for different types of rides

Choice of e-bike motors

For those looking to commute in the city or go for leisure rides, something to consider is the type of motor in your e-bike. Hub motors are the most common and are made to fit any existing e-bike frame, whereas mid-drive motors are more expensive and require a special frame to mount.

Typically, mid-drive motors are better for mountain e-biking as they can better overcome hills and uneven terrain, so if you are riding on flatter terrain, within cities, or for leisure, you don’t have to go out of your way to get an e-bike with a mid-drive motor and instead can go for a hub motor (which will save some money overall!).

However, keep in mind that if you are looking for an e-bike that can tackle rougher landscapes, mid-drive motors tend to offer a more balanced and controlled e-biking experience, since these motors are more centered on the e-bike, whereas hub motors are placed on the front or rear of the e-bike.

As well, according to many e-Bike riders, Bafang is a trusted leading manufacturer in e-Bike components such as motors and is always a reliable choice for e-bike models. Other components by brands like Shimano, Bosch, and Samsung are also reliable choices.

Choice of e-bike batteries

Next, when it comes to batteries, riders should be sure to check the battery range (or, maximum mileage per charge) on an e-Bike model before purchasing. Depending on your lifestyle, preference, and type of e-Bike rides you are planning to go for, it’s important to account for your own optimal mileage beforehand. Cheaper batteries will tend to give you less mileage, whereas more expensive ones will tend to give you more.

Another thing to consider about batteries it that lithium-ion batteries are the most common and efficient batteries on the market, currently. This is because these batteries minimize the e-bike’s weight, thus making it easier to cycle and have optimal range and longevity.

Choice of e-bike brakes

It may also be worth considering the difference between mechanical disc brakes and hydraulic disc brakes. While mechanical are perfectly reliable, they use a cable pull system for braking, whereas hydraulic use fluid to transfer force. Typically, e-bike riders note that hydraulic brakes are more efficient at stopping, offering better/safer control for riders.

However, hydraulic brakes tend to be more expensive than mechanical ones, so consider this as well before buying. Riders should note that one of the big benefits of an e-bike, which is equipped with an electric system, means you can cycle at a higher speed than on a traditional bicycle: but this also means that you will need to rely more heavily on high-quality parts like your brakes (in order to stop quickly and smoothly).

Is there a cut-off e-bike price?

One good determining factor for buying a cheaper e-bike, a factor that is recommended by riders and experts alike, is that going below 1000 USD for an e-bike may be risky.

Since most e-bikes use lithium-ion batteries, which are fairly pricey, having the overall cost still be under 1000 may indicate that the manufacturers are cutting corners on the e-bike elsewhere, which could be detrimental.

Another detail to remember is that where traditional bicycles do not have a battery and motor, e-bikes do, which is a huge factor as to why the base go up significantly between the two options.

As well, since e-bikes are heavier than traditional bikes, this means shipping costs are higher too, factoring into the overall cost. Therefore, it’s important to adjust expectations when it comes to e-bike versus traditional bicycle because having a reliable electric system is extremely important to rider safety and e-bike longevity.

Budget-friendly e-bike models to consider

Below are a few e-bike model options that are within the 1000 – 1400 USD price range, which is on the cheaper end of the price spectrum, yet still offer a good price to quality ratio.

Aventon Pace 500

Green Bike USA Folding e-Bike

This model is a folding e-Bike, which is optimal for city-dwellers and those with limited storage space. It has a 350W hub motor, a Samsung lithium-ion battery, and Shimano 6-speed gears. Its tires are suitable for all weather conditions.

Propella V3.4 (7-Speed)

The Propella V3.4 7-Speed comes equipped with a lithium-ion battery that allows for a range of between 25-40 miles. It also has a Bafang 250W rear hub motor, mechanical disc brakes, a 5-level pedal assist, and a Shimano derailleur and shifter.

  • Price: 1,299 USD (note: the Single Speed option is 1099)
  • details for this model can be found here

A few words in conclusion

Ultimately, if you are a rider looking for a cheaper e-bike model, you can definitely do so! However, be sure to understand which compromises you may be making, if any, while choosing your e-bike.

At the end of the day, it is not recommended to sacrifice safety whatsoever, so be sure to keep certain main components in mind – such as the motor, battery, and brakes– to ensure optimal safety.

However, the longevity and purposes of your e-Bike are entirely dependent on your lifestyle, and you should be sure to choose an e-Bike that will help to serve your personal purpose!

Read also: Ever considered offering e-bike as a gift? Or gifting one to yourself? Check out our suggestions – in this e-bike gift guide.

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